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Mercy Lynch is working at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when she learns that her husband has died in a POW camp and her estranged father is gravely injured and wishes to see her. With no good reason to stay in Virginia, Mercy sets out to see her father in Seattle.

But crossing the country is no small task; it's a harrowing adventure through war-torn border states by
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Paperback, First Edition, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by TOR Books (first published 2010)
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Sandi
Oct 30, 2010 Sandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2010, audiobooks
Cherie Priest's Dreadnought is set in the same alternate history as Boneshaker but really doesn't connect with it until the last couple of chapters. It's the story of a Confederate Civil War nurse who receives a letter telling her that her husband, a Union soldier, has died. A couple of days later, she receives a telegram telling her that her father is dying and wants to see her. So, she sets off to travel from Virginia to Tacoma to see him for the first time since she was a little girl. (For so ...more
David Skies
Mar 01, 2011 David Skies rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads, steampunk
(Received my ARC via Goodreads)

It's all about the journey, not the destination, in Priest's third entry in The Clockwork Universe. A journey undertaken via airship, steamship and the eponymous Dreadnought, a monstrous Union war train carry more guns than the Texas chapter of the NRA. It's a journey with more than its fair share of bumps along the way, true, but it's also a very linear one.

Throughout the voyage battles are fought, unsurprising mysteries revealed, rebel raiders repelled, numero
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Adam
I was about to dismiss Cherie Priest and her Clockwork Century series as over hyped, finding them pleasant enough while being slightly confused by enthusiastic praise being heaped on them. But, this final scheduled volume (hopefully there will be more) changes most of my concerns. This is a great adventure with lots action and terrific pacing. There are too many characters with too little differentiating a lot of them and the ending is a bit of a fizzle. The extended Civil War has always been in ...more
Laurel
Aug 14, 2012 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Cherie Priest has now entered the category of writers whose works I will buy the day they're released. What I love about all of her work is the characters. They're people I might know. Good, honest if not somewhat flawed people. They work hard, stand up for what is right, and aren't worried about getting their hands dirty. They may also be cranky, reserved, opinionated, or any other number of somewhat negative things. Because they're so believable, I buy in and joyfully follow along with them on ...more
Jack
Aug 13, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it
What do you get when you combine a bit of "Murder on the Orient Express", a dash of old Hammer Horror movies, a slightly larger dash of modern zombie sensibilities, a sizeable helping of movies like "Open Range" and "Tombstone", and generous portions of freshly sliced Steampunk?

You get Dreadnought, the third book in Cherie Priest's ongoing "Clockwork Century" tale! And what a book it is! There's a bit of everything going on in this particular novel (except for romance), and it all adds up to a s
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Chris
May 19, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
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Jason
Apr 20, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
4.5 Stars

This is a very different book from the first two in the Clockwork Century series. This is a tight, fast paced, and narrow story about a nurse named Mercy making her way across a civil war torn country.

Mercy is a strong and likable protagonist who is brave and good at her job as a nurse. She gets the news that her husband, whom she hs not been seen for over 2 years has died in a prison camp. Meanwhile, her estranged father has contacted her about needing to see her because he is on his d
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Andrew Neal
Sep 03, 2011 Andrew Neal rated it liked it
Looks like I skipped the second book, but as each one focuses on a different character that doesn't seem to matter.

Anyway, I liked this better than the first one. I thought it was a fun, light read, and I liked the main character. Even considering that, I had two problems with the book, but they weren't enough to ruin it:

1. The explanation of how in the midst of this seemingly never-ending civil war, almost all the southern states had freed their slaves just seemed way off to me. I mean, I'm a w
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Karissa
Dec 29, 2010 Karissa rated it it was amazing
Dreadnought is the third book in the Clockwork Century series by Priest. All of the books are separate adventures in the sames universe, so they can be read alone or together. There are five total books planned for this series with the fourth, Ganymede, being released in fall of 2011 and the fifth, Inexplicable, being release in the fall of 2012. This was another great addition to this series; I love the world Priest has created and it was a great read.

Mercy is a nurse on the Confederate side of
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Jason Pettus
Dec 17, 2010 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

So it looks like the backlash against steampunk has finally begun in the last year or two; and to all the haters, all I can say is, "Screw you!" A science-fiction subgenre 150 years in the making, turns out that the punk-influenced genre writers of the 1980s and early '90s found a lot to admire in the old
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Maggie K
Sep 22, 2015 Maggie K rated it it was ok
this could have been so much better! A great concept laid low a slanted civil-war view, tons of unnecessary description and stereotyped characters.
Amy B
Apr 06, 2015 Amy B rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I'm still not sure what the purpose of this book was. Not that every book has to have a purpose, but there must be something that drove the author to write it, even if merely for entertainment. The Dreadnought is full of wonderful descriptions and a well-laid out story; it just wasn't a very interesting story. It started off well, and I was ready and willing to go for a steampunk-inspired ride aboard a Union train in a Civil War Era America populated with machines, dirigibles, and ste ...more
Guy Gonzalez
Mar 20, 2011 Guy Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
Everything that made Boneshaker such a great read -- intriguing setting, multiple storylines, engaging characters -- is weaved seamlessly into Dreadnought, but this time Cherie Priest takes her lead character, nurse Vinita "Mercy" Lynch, on an intense, cross-country journey that methodically reveals the much bigger canvas that is The Clockwork Century. And what a journey it is!

Starting in Richmond, VA, the opening two chapters are as emotionally engaging as the first 10 minutes of Pixar's UP, in
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Rebecca
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Jan 07, 2012 Kristin (MyBookishWays Reviews) rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2012/01/...

Mercy Lynch is working as a war nurse in Virginia when she gets two instances of bad news in a couple of days. The first is that her husband (who she only knew a short time before he went off to war), has been killed, and the second is that her father (who left when she was very young) is gravely ill and is asking for her. She decides, against all of her better instincts, to make the journey to Washington to visit the fath
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Stacey
There are some writers who speak directly to my thought patterns. I love the cadence of their writing, the storyline progression, concepts, characterizations. They write people that reflect a little bit of me – the way I see myself, or the way I want to see myself.

Cherie Priest writes people. Yes, she writes zombies and dirigibles, soldiers, and poison gas... but she also writes deliciously complicated women, who are forced to live up to their potential, whether they want to do it, or not. And
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Kim
Nov 09, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastically page-turning read. It is a sequel to the excellent Boneshaker and yet a book that introduces a new heroine and takes place almost entirely out of sight of the setting of the first book. Mercy Lynch, the main character, is a nurse at a Confederate hospital during the ongoing (for 20 years now) Civil War. Her husband has just died fighting for the Union and she gets a summons to Seattle to visit her estranged father on his death bed. So she has to travel across country dur ...more
Sarah
Aug 14, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: alternate-history, sf
A rollicking steampunk adventure, with all of the trappings of the genre and a great heroine to boot. I thought this one was well paced and focused and benefited from Mercy's single point of view. I'm finding it hard to say if I liked this one or the first one better. (view spoiler) ...more
Rob
Oct 16, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it
...Following up on such a successful first book is always challenging. I think Priest delivered an even stronger novel with Dreadnought. It combines the setting, steampunk elements and zombies that made the first novel such a fun read but also manages to expand the reader's view of her alternate history. It's one of those book that will keep you reading just because the excitement of the story never lets up. I liked Boneshaker a lot, I absolutely loved Dreadnought. I can't wait for the next Cloc ...more
Tomislav
Mar 09, 2015 Tomislav rated it really liked it
This steampunk thriller is a sequel to Cherie Priest's 2009 Hugo-nominated and Nebula-nominated Boneshaker, which I read about two years ago. While it is a sequel, in that it is set soon after in the same world, this story involves almost exclusively new characters and a new plot.

Mercy Lynch is a nurse in a confederate hospital, who one day is visited by Clara Barton to inform her that her union soldier husband has died in the infamous Andersonville prison. On top of that, she receives notice t
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Carolyn F.
Audiobook

I was listening to this book thinking as I was going along, "Oooh, that's the guy she ends up with, oh wait nope." Then, "No, I was wrong, this is the guy she ends up with." Nope, this is not a romance book at all unlike the first one and I didn't mind. I loved, loved, loved the ending. Can't wait to see what happens to them next!
Angela
Nov 17, 2015 Angela marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk, kindle
17 November 2015: $5.99 on Kindle
Steven Cole
Dec 03, 2010 Steven Cole rated it really liked it
"Dreadnought" is, at it's core, the story of Mercy Lynch and her journey from a field hospital in an alternate-history Civil War to her far-off estranged father dying in Seattle, and the adventures she had along the way. (Which include the Steampunk standard airships and massive battle machines, along with other stuff.)

So in essence, this is a travel adventure. Now, I've read a number of travel adventures, and except for a small few (The Lord of the Rings comes to mind), they've been pretty lous
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Jenny T
Nov 20, 2010 Jenny T rated it liked it
In an alternate history in which the Civil War is still raging after 20 years, cross-country dirigible transport is picking up steam (ahem) and a mysterious yellow gas is turning people into flesh-craving zombies, widowed nurse Mercy Lynch is traveling from a military hospital in Virginia to see her dying father in Washington. Her transport is the Union military steam engine, the Dreadnought, carrying a mysterious cargo that attracts Rebels and bandits... and perhaps a spy?

This sequel to Bonesha
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Gabby
Aug 14, 2011 Gabby rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book a little more than the first one -- Boneshaker. There was less action in this one than in he previous one, and a little more character development.

That being said, I had a few problems with this book.

First off, the main female character was a little too similar as the one in Boneshaker. Second, her motivation for doing the one BIG thing that takes up the rest of the book is ... weak. VERY weak. As in, I don't really understand, and it seemed like an excuse to get her to the r
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Brian
Dec 04, 2010 Brian rated it liked it
there has been a lot of change in my life since i started reading this book. first off, i got laid off from my job at powells. powells was an awesome job, it was something i had been working toward for about 8 years.

i was up and down for a few weeks, really depressed and hating life because i was losing a job and other times just not giving a fuck about anything any more and just riding my life until i die. the same way i do bicycles.

(side note, i got a new bicycle since i started this book. i h
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Claire
Mar 15, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it
I was going to give this a 3 but then I realised that I don't bother reviewing books that are really a 3 - I ignore them and only review those I revile or enjoy.

Why isn't it a solid 4? Is it the world building? No; this is an interesting altUSA where the Civil War is still ongoing after 20 odd years and clockwork and mechanical elements are creeping into the war effort. And zombies, oh yeah. Is it the heroine? Again no; Mercy is a great, feisty but not unbelievably skilled/talented/strong etc w
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David
Jul 04, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Mercy Lynch, elbows deep in bloody laundry at the Robertson Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, receives news that she is a widow, and the bad news doesn’t stop there. A second message—a telegram from the west coast—declares that her father is badly injured, possibly dying, and that he wishes to see her.

So Mercy sets out west, through war-torn border states on a trek to reach the Mississippi River to find, in Tacoma, Washington, a law officer who will take her up to Seattle to see her father.

Of co
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Melissa McShane
I had a hard time deciding how to rate this. Cherie Priest has a beautiful writing style and her alternate-history world interests me. I especially like the idea that the Civil War has stretched on for twenty-plus years, with all its implications. Mercy, the protagonist, is a Confederate nurse whose husband died in Andersonville (a Confederate POW camp for Union soldiers), and her perspective of the Union as the wrong side makes for a great story. "Wrong side," not "bad guys," because there are ...more
Andromeda M31
Jul 24, 2011 Andromeda M31 rated it it was ok
Dreadnought details the journey of a young Civil War Nurse from one coast of America to the other. As this is an alternate history, steam punk inspired book, this travel entails dirigibles, diesel or steam powered mecha, deadly armored trains, and zombies. The Civil War has been waged for 15 years in this universe, and was not, as you would have supposed, fought over Slavery, but State's Rights.

I haven't read the other books in the series, and perhaps that's my mistake. The reason for the long
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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of over a dozen novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures The Inexplicables, Ganymede, Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the ...more
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The Clockwork Century (6 books)
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  • Ganymede (The Clockwork Century, #3)
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